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Christina Murray (Army CU) and Robbie Mitchell (Auchencrow Thistle CC) were fastest female and male riders respectively at the Fife Century Road Club 50-mile time trial on Sunday morning.
Murray, 44 and from Glasgow, clocked 2-02-25 to take victory in the women’s category by almost 15 minutes, displaying the form that saw her win the National 24-hour Championship in 2019 and power her through a recent attempt on the Land’s End to John O’Groats record.
Most recently she was part of the Army Cycling Union trio that powered to second in the National Team Time Trial Championship a week before.
Robbie Mitchell, 40 and from Berwickshire, covered the WE50/01 course near Dunshalt in Fife in 1-49-45 to win overall by just shy of two minutes. Second spot went to Silas Goldsworthy (Ryan’s Bike Surgery-Thomson Homes) in 1-51-32, while John Waller (EH Star Cycling) was third with 1-53-25.
The weather stayed dry and it was reasonable still for the event, which in run in memory of Alistair Speed, the brother of organiser Mhairi Laffoley who was killed on his bike eight years ago. The event also incorporates the Scottish Veteran’s Time Trial Association Championship, the Harry Roberts Trophy.
Times generally were down though, as permanent traffic lights have been placed on the usual course and the revised course is more lumpy than before.
This was Mitchell’s first open time trial on the season, having last tasted victory in 2020 in the Tyneside Vagabonds CC 100 last August. Despite the slower course, his time in the Fife Century event was less than two minutes off a new personal best.
He is next due to be in action in the National 24-Hour Championships on July 17-18 as well as the Dundee Thistle 100-mile event in early August.
Christina Murray was also fastest veteran on standard, with a plus of 26-31 giving her the win in that category from Ian Dobbie with +25-31.
In the women’s event she took the win by 14-35 from Patricia Baird (Ecosse Performance Cycle Coaching), while Sonya Drummond (Dundee Thistle) was third fastest female.
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